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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 10, 2010 1:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: World Cup

The most intense , watched sporting event in the world ( except here ) . It's not my sport ( I don't even know all the rules ) , but I'll watch a few games/ matches / whatever they are called . I'm sure some of you are super pumped .
Who's the fav. ? any dark horses ?

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Jun 11, 2010 7:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

All I know is that even though Spain is favored, they are going to have to prove to me that they can win this thing. Seems like each world Cup they have high expectations then lose to someone they have no business losing to. No idea who will win it but if I had to guess, I'd say Spain doesn't even make the semi final based on past reputation.

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 11, 2010 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

One of the reasons they're amongst the favouites is their success in the European Nations tournament 2008. They won all their games in the first round with a goal difference of 8 For and 3 Against. In the knock-out stages they drew 0-0 with the World champions Italy then won the penalty decider. They followed this with a 3-0 win over Russia before beating Germany 1-0 in the final.

They also won all eight of their qualifying matches to make it to South Africa.

While it is true that luck (good or bad) can play a decisive part in any sporting activity I don't think there will be a 'Spanish Jam' in this show. (Though it pains me to say it).

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 11, 2010 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Some good ones
1 - 20 - 68
6 - 26 - 74
3 - 24 - 73

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Poster: Capt. Cook Date: Jun 10, 2010 1:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

KaKa! Kaka! Brazil takes it all the way....

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Poster: angular Date: Jun 11, 2010 3:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Rah Rah Rah! Matt Kenseth!

Oh wait, that's the NASCAR Michigan Race this Sunday.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jun 10, 2010 6:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

I don't care who wins, as long I get to hear Tommy Smyth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=499TYSKaxKY&;feature=related


"Braver than a matador in high heels and a pink tu-tu...braver than a bullfighter with no knickers on".


This post was modified by DeadRed1971 on 2010-06-11 01:55:57

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 10, 2010 6:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

" Oohhh Man , Is there gonna be lovin' goin' on tonight , in the bedrooms of Madrid . "
Priceless

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 10, 2010 1:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Asi, asi, asi gana Madrid

My $'s on Spain.

Although my Serbian friend is telling me that a big upset could be in the works. Whenever I hear that from a Serbian I tend to get nervous.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 10, 2010 1:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Nervous ?
What would ever give you that idea ?
:)

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 10, 2010 3:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

What makes me nervous is that we have to play the U.S. team in our 1st match. The pressure and expectation we load on to our team always turns them into a bunch of naked maracas players in a pit full of rattlesnakes.

To quote John Cleese in Clockwise 'I can take the despair, it's the hope I can't stand'.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 10, 2010 4:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

The noggin is a bit slow today snori . Who is your team ?
Regardless, The U.S. is that good ? Woeful ignorance I'm afraid on my part

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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Jun 10, 2010 5:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

The US should not get past England as the brits have way too much talent for the yanks ,but they could win the other 2 games in their group to advance to the 2nd round. Once there, anything could happen (except the USA winning it all, as their defense is much too giving). I'm hoping our team makes it out of the first round and gets a good matchup in round 2. Making it to the final 8 would be a great showing for the red white and blue.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 10, 2010 5:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Thanks SDS , I didn't know we were kinda like a mid - major NCAA BBall team ( Gonzaga ). Seems that we can make a respectable showing now .
So who's is gonna win it all ?

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Poster: Shooting Dark Star Date: Jun 10, 2010 6:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

To win in all? Spain and Brazil are the sexy picks, as well they should be. But I have a feeling the Dutch or even the Germans have a solid chance, as both teams are tall and strong. I'll pick the Dutch to win it all, with England, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Italy, Argentina and the USA (just hoping) making the final 8.

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 10, 2010 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Ingerland, Ingerland, Ingerland. (As we say) The nation that invented football, gave it to the World so that they could all beat us at it.

Seriously I'm looking foward to the next month - there should be some great matches and some incredible individual skills on display.

Here's one for you SDH (and anyone else interested) http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/06/09/spains-david-villa-that-second-goal-against-poland-was-something-out-of-a-video-game/

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Poster: roughyed Date: Jun 11, 2010 12:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

You won't find me supporting that lot of overpaid ponces who roll on the floor at the slightest touch. So as I've been to Amsterdam more times than I've been to London, all I can say is "Hup Holland!"
BTW how are Robthewordsmith's and Miss Divine's going to fare? ;-)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 10, 2010 4:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

I agree with Spain as winner and my Dark Horse pick is Cameroon (with hopes that Slovakia will suprise folks, but doubt it).

And I'd love to see the BPers lose tomorroww.



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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 11, 2010 6:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

BPers??

For one thing, BP hasn't been British Petroleum since it merged with Amoco in 1998.

And for another thing, England isn't Britain.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 11, 2010 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Glad to see it was you that chimed in - I was wondering if folks would let that slide.

BTW, I've posted this before, but Scotland has the single coolest parliament buidling in the world; The photos don't really do it justice:
http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/nmCentre/images/360_tour/chamber.htm

Filled out and submitted my brackets last night - have Spain beating Netherlands to win it all. Not exactly going out on a limb with my picks, but I still see Cameroon as the dark horse pick.



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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 11, 2010 8:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

It was only the fact that I considered the possibility that you were probably just mischief-making that caused me to moderate the language of my response. That and the great respect I've built up for you over the course of our many interactions hereabouts.


But you were fucking lucky.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 11, 2010 9:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

HA!

Thanks for my first laugh out loud moment. I smile at my good fortune.

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Poster: DeadRed1971 Date: Jun 11, 2010 3:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Of course England isn't Britain. Britain has a "t" in the middle of it, and the English cannot pronounce any word with a "t" in the middle.

"Can I use your compu'er for a li'le while?"

This post was modified by DeadRed1971 on 2010-06-11 22:29:49

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 11, 2010 4:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

HA! That cracked me up and I'll let someone else make the obligatory dental hygiene reference.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 11, 2010 7:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

rob , Do Wales and Scotland have their own Parlements now ? ( Cornwall or Northern Ireland as well ? ) I know the Scots have been pushing for some form of autonomy for a long time .
I've noticed in the past week in the media here , across the spectrum , many snarky comments re: the tying of company and country . ' Hen's night's out ' gets a lot of coverage here esp. if the photos contain a beyond pissed woman half undressed, in a see how far the great lady has fallen , way . Maybe it's echos of our wars against each other > momma country vs. the republican ( Small r people , small r ) rabble .
Do you care about the WC ?

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 11, 2010 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Scotland has a parliament, Wales and Northern Ireland have assemblies, all three have certain powers devolved to them from central government in Westminster (Houses of Parliament). So, for example, the Scottish parliament deals with things like education and health in Scotland, but the Westminster government makes decisions about international relationships and defence. Likewise, central government sets taxation levels for everyone, though there are proposals to give Scotland its own tax raising powers.

I have to say that it was the tying of company to country that I objected to. BP is a multinational. It hasn't had British in the name for over a decade and has no ties to any one country. I'm all for multinationals being held to account when they screw up, but the anti-British rhetoric coming from the White House on down smacks of scapegoating and is just distasteful. There were at least three US companies directly involved in that well and everyone, not just the easy foreign target, should be made to stand up and explain themselves.

Oh yeah, the World Cup. I'll probably tune into a couple of games but I've got no particular interest in who wins the thing. But speaking purely as a Scotsman here, and BP shenanigans to one side, USA 1 England 0 would be nice tomorrow. You did it in 1950...

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 11, 2010 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Rob is clearly an ABE (nothing to do with your esteemed President, but an 'Anyone But England' grouping of Scots, Welsh, and North Irelanders who unite to urge success on anyone who is playing against England).

I don't believe this is a total dislike of all things English, rather a justifiable annoyance at the dreadful bias of our gutter press who constantly overstate England's abilities and denigrate the teams from the rest of the U.K.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jun 11, 2010 8:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

It's more to do with me mischievously playing up to stereotype. As you might already know, I've spent longer living here in England than I ever lived in Scotland and I actually really like the English (the ones I know well anyway). I've had to put up with my fair share of jibes, some good natured, but some not so. I enjoy a bit of friendly banter and rivalry but when it slides into jingoism and borderline racism that's when I make my excuses and leave.

But I'm still looking forward to seeing the Aussies win back the Ashes this winter...

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 11, 2010 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

I will not be wound up, I will not be wound up. (100 Times)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jun 11, 2010 12:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

snori , It sounds like your living and dying here . I've been there . I know . You have 28ish hours to wait . Are you going to make it ? Do you really think that we will beat you ?
Stupid question # 4 - Could a match (?) end in a tie , w/ point scoring like the NHL ( that would be hockey , and the only sport similar I could think of )

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Poster: snori Date: Jun 11, 2010 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

At this stage of the tournament matches (like the opener this afternoon) can end as a draw. The opening stage is a set of 8 mini-leagues and the top two teams in each mini-league go through to a series of knock-out rounds ie 16 teams, 8, 4, Final. These games cannot end in a draw - if the scores are level at the end of normal time (90 minutes), an extra 30 minutes is played. If the scores are level at the end of that time a penalty shoot-out takes place to decide the winner.

If anyone would like further explanation or would be interested in how the 'Offside Rule' is applied, it will have to wait until I get back from the pub.

Snori, Football Correspondent, Ingerland, saying 'back to the studio'

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jun 11, 2010 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: World Cup

Quick - someone explain the infield fly rule to those heads across the pond.